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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : rnd|
airport : sat
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 7|
flight time total : 325
flight time type : 325
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was flying southwest from takeoff at 1h10 and zuehl road. I had been flying for about 1 hour and I made an approach to a field that had a crop of maize about 18-24 inches high. I had 2 passenger on board. One was about 160 pounds and the other about 100 pounds. Both were in good health and were not harmed in any way. The landing was smooth and uneventful. The crop was wet from recent heavy rain. The basket slid along the ground toward the power line and I pulled the red line to release the hot air to stop the forward motion. The envelope was partially deflated and a puff of wind picked up the envelope. It slid forward and up and came to rest over power line. We got out of basket, walked to road (graytown near green), called power company, and they came out, removed the envelope and we packed up and left. Aircraft: aerostar AX8. 10 gallons of propane remained. 2 holes 14 inches by 2 inches caused by arc of power line.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: WIND GUST BLEW HOT AIR BALLOON INTO PWR LINE AFTER LNDG TOUCHDOWN CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE TO THE BALLOON DUE TO ELECTRICAL ARCS, BUT NONE OF THE OCCUPANTS WERE INJURED.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING SW FROM TKOF AT 1H10 AND ZUEHL ROAD. I HAD BEEN FLYING FOR ABOUT 1 HR AND I MADE AN APCH TO A FIELD THAT HAD A CROP OF MAIZE ABOUT 18-24 INCHES HIGH. I HAD 2 PAX ON BOARD. ONE WAS ABOUT 160 LBS AND THE OTHER ABOUT 100 LBS. BOTH WERE IN GOOD HEALTH AND WERE NOT HARMED IN ANY WAY. THE LNDG WAS SMOOTH AND UNEVENTFUL. THE CROP WAS WET FROM RECENT HVY RAIN. THE BASKET SLID ALONG THE GND TOWARD THE PWR LINE AND I PULLED THE RED LINE TO RELEASE THE HOT AIR TO STOP THE FORWARD MOTION. THE ENVELOPE WAS PARTIALLY DEFLATED AND A PUFF OF WIND PICKED UP THE ENVELOPE. IT SLID FORWARD AND UP AND CAME TO REST OVER PWR LINE. WE GOT OUT OF BASKET, WALKED TO ROAD (GRAYTOWN NEAR GREEN), CALLED PWR COMPANY, AND THEY CAME OUT, REMOVED THE ENVELOPE AND WE PACKED UP AND LEFT. ACFT: AEROSTAR AX8. 10 GALLONS OF PROPANE REMAINED. 2 HOLES 14 INCHES BY 2 INCHES CAUSED BY ARC OF PWR LINE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.